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Upon learning to draw a horse in first grade, Lisa Jones knew she had a thing for art. And by fourth grade, she’d already mastered wheel-throwing. But that doesn’t mean she committed fully to pottery then and there. “I’ve always been a dabbler, and I used to think it was a drawback as a designer,” she says. “But looking back, it’s more like an advantage.”
It wasn’t until, after moving from Spokane, Washington, to Portland, Oregon, for art school and a career in graphic design and marketing, that she realized she wanted to spend her day in clay. “I felt really disconnected from my hands. So I rented a space to throw pots and realized I had created a body of work that felt like a cohesive collection,” she explains of the way that—surprise!—her line Pigeon Toe was born.
And, hey, the timing was right: Lisa felt a real need for handmade, everyday ceramics that were accessibly priced and thoughtfully designed. “I am a minimalist at heart and am not about following trends. I want my designs to be quiet and fully integrated into your life—but the utility needs to be balanced with beauty. There also needs to be a sense of humor in the work,” she says of the line, which went official in 2009.
The funny thing is that Pigeon Toe’s success has allowed Lisa to go back to her dabbling ways—“I think of all this as continuous study,” she says—and she now also makes lighting fixtures, jewelry, and even baskets. That’s right—she’s weaving it all together in a way that feels completely her. —jane gauger
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